Recently, the Cubs have announced major changes to their front office. Jared Banner, who had been serving as vice president of player development for the past two years, has been promoted to the role of assistant general manager. Sources close to the team have confirmed that Banner will be working under general manager Carter Hawkins and president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer in his new position.
Before taking on his current role, Banner served as vice president of special projects during the 2021 season. This change comes after Craig Breslow left the Cubs to lead the Red Sox baseball operations. Breslow had been the assistant GM and VP of pitching with the Cubs in recent years.
In addition to Banner’s new role, the Cubs are also actively searching for a new farm director to fill the void left by his promotion. Under Banner’s leadership, the Cubs have built a highly-regarded farm system, earning praise from various outlets such as FanGraphs, MLB Pipeline, and Bleacher Report. FanGraphs ranked the Cubs as the top farm system in baseball, while MLB Pipeline and Bleacher Report placed them at 4th and 2nd in the league respectively. This reorganization of their front office is a reflection of their commitment to maintaining a strong infrastructure for player development in order to build for future success.